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Safety tips for summer fun


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he weather is heating up and Americans are heading outdoors to soak up the fun. Warm weather enthusiasts should keep safety on the top of their minds when they’re out camping, boating and barbecuing.

CSA Group, a leader in testing and certification, wants to remind Americans to stay safe all summer with the following tips. Camping Stoves and Lanterns • Fuel-burning camping equipment, such as stoves, lanterns and outdoor cookers, should only be lit outdoors and at least 10 feet (3 meters) from tents, combustible materials and vehicles. Never light a stove or lantern inside a tent or vehicle. • Before use, carefully inspect parts for leaks, blockages or damage.

• Keep loose, flammable clothing away from open flames. Carefully monitor children and pets around stoves and lanterns. Boats and Cabins • Ensure boats and cabins are equipped with proper emergency safety equipment, including first aid kits and fire extinguishers, carbon monoxide detectors and fire alarms. • When first opening your cabin, carefully inspect all appliances for damage from rodents or insects. • Always wear a personal flotation device. Never consume alcohol while operating any vehicle. Outdoor Gas Barbeques • Before firing up your barbecue for the first time, carefully inspect burners and burner tubes for blockages due to dirt, grease, insects or rust

buildup. Clean or replace any blocked parts or have a certified technician make repairs. • Propane cylinders must be inspected and requalified every 12 years in the United States. A date stamp on the cylinder indicates when it was last qualified. Don’t use a rusty or damaged cylinder. If in doubt, have your tank replaced. • When purchasing or installing a gas barbecue, make sure that it carries the mark of an approved certification organization, such as CSA Group, indicating the barbecue has been tested to applicable national standards.

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Amelia’s Attic on of North Texas’ antiquing treasures Jacquita Lewter, North Texas Best Times Gainesville — From the moment you step inside Amelia’s Attic, 111 California Street in downtown Gainesville, an amazing accumulation of treasures past and present greets the eye. The 10,000 square foot building, estimated to be over 100 years old, at one time was home to the local J C Penney Store. Current owner is Donna Hertel. At present Amelia’s Attic is home to 40 plus vendors’ booths, offering a vast selection, a myriad of items for shoppers, something for everyone of all ages. A clever sign bears the message, “This ain’t no museum... This junk is for sale.” Immediately to the right upon entry, Extra Innings Sports catches the eye with a magnificent display featuring at least 7,000 plus pieces of carefully catalogued sports memorabilia. Baseball is predominant here, but other sports memorabilia are also noted. A seasoned vendor who has been collecting since he was six years old ..” got into it real serious about 1980.” Among the unique vintage baseball theme items is a Gainesville Little League uniform from the early 1960s. A row

of 1977 RC Cola soda cans bearing pictures of baseball players stretches along a top shelf. A notable item on display..”just to promote the Texas Rangers..” is a game worn, autographed Danny Darwin jersey—not for sale. Also the vendor showcases approximately a thousand Western items featuring memorabilia of the popular cowboys from yesteryear, Roy Rogers, Gene Autry and Hop-a-Long Cassidy, as well as a couple of thousand advertising pieces including old signs, clocks, tin cans and bottle caps. A continuing stroll along the first floor of Amelia’s Attic reveals booth after booth filled with interesting, unique and hard-to-find remnants from the past, some repurposed, as well as items from the present, some of which are hand crafted. Retro vintage is everywhere. Polished glass front cases hold displays of old magazines. A large selection of antique toys are waiting, including antique porcelain dolls, Raggedy Ann and Andy dolls and other soft rag dolls. An antique high chair, wicker baby pram, a vintage bicycle, child sized furniture and chairs and metal lunch boxes are on display. There are quilts, aprons, antique linens and table cloths and an old sewing machine. Silverware, crockery, cast iron ware, glassware, blue Carnival glass, wooden rolling pins and old tin cookie cutters are available. Vintage books for both adults and children fill wooden shelves. Stained glass windows, wicker furniture, an old leather saddle, button jewelry, purses, lamps with fringed shades, old soda pop bottles, coffee cans and metal signs, lotions and potions and old drug store ice cream chairs are arranged in a variety of enticing groupings. Following a sign which reads, “Rhett Butler’s Basement,” browsers and buyers walk down the wooden steps into the basement area where more fascinating treasures await discovery in an array of cozy booths, nooks and crannies. Return to the main floor and walk up a second flight of stairs at the rear right and you enter a second floor mezzanine, “The Balcony,” furnished with five round dining tables, serving tables and an old-fashioned upright piano. This venue is available by appointment for rent for private gatherings, receptions, showers and parties. Back down the staircase to the main floor again, and two large store front display windows beckon shoppers up carpeted steps to examine the merchandise shown here. Stepping into this space, you face the busy sidewalk outside and catch a glimpse of the recently restored Cooke County Courthouse located across the street. So much to see; so much to shop; so much to enjoy. Friendly vendors rotate working the floor at Amelia’s Attic and are available to point in the right direction those who may be looking for something in particular. The mall promotes twice a year sales with 20 percent markdowns offered by most vendors. Price negotiations may be accepted depending upon the vendor. Closed on Mondays, hours of operation are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Tuesday through Saturday; 1 p.m. to 5 p.m., Sunday afternoons. Hertel and friends invite you to stop by Amelia’s Attic in downtown Gainesville and take the tour. Call 940-665-7883 for more information. You never know what special things you may discover in this charming antique mall as you shop downtown historic Gainesville, Texas. Pg


Melt-in-your-mouth Heart Warming Sweet-tooth Satisfying Local folks favorite “F” word Wild Horse Mountain Fudge Factory Jacquita Lewter, North Texas Best Times Nocona — Wild Horse Mountain is located in the gently rolling hills of Montague County. Outside the Nocona city limits driving west along Highway 82 just past Mike Hughes Ranch, signs direct a right turn into the graveled parking area where a rustic building houses the Wild Horse Mountain Fudge Factory. The fudge factory is open every Friday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. selling fudge home made fresh each week using real cream and real butter. Always looking for another opportunity, multi-talented entrepreneurs Mike and Tammy Hughes came across a “sweet deal” quite by accident at a flea market about four years ago. While walking across the grounds that Saturday, Mike saw a trailer loaded down with rusted, scrap metal items, with the exception of one ..”beautiful, shinny stainless steel thing sitting right in the middle..” which immedi-



ately caught his inquisitive eye. “What is it?” he asked the would-be seller. The man replied that he didn’t really know exactly what it was, but thought it was a paint mixer (there was an electrical cord attached at the base) He had acquired the item at an auction in Sherman, and he wanted $200 for it. Mike thanked him and went on his way. The next day he was back, and the shinny thing still sat sparkling in the sun. Mike asked a few more questions on Sunday. “Does it run?” (After finding an extension cord, an electrical outlet and plugging the thing in, a red light came on, and a humming noise occurred which sounded like something spinning. (This further confirmed the seller’s theory that it was a paint mixer). Mike also wondered why the thing was so heavy because one man could not lift it. His next question was, “What’s your least price today?” “$175,” was the quick reply.

As an experienced buyer and seller in many venues, a licensed auctioneer, a seasoned observer of human nature and an uncanny intuition that what he was looking at was not a paint mixer, Mike reached into his jeans pocket and pulled out a single bill. “I’ll give you $100, and you help me load it,” he offered. (He later learned the reason it was so heavy was that the bottom portion was filled with water). The man quickly grabbed the $100 bill, brought to his lips, kissed it and said with a great big smile, “Man, there’s a sucker born every day! You just bought something that you don’t even know what it is, and you paid me $100 for it!” Mike and Tammy, who had accompanied him on the flea market outing, took the shiny thing home where they put it inside his shop so they both could get a better look. Upon close examination, they found a manufacturing name, serial number and an Amityville, New York address. One quick phone call solved the mystery. Mike had bought a fudge making machine capable of

making 32 pounds of fudge at a time. The machine was built like a large double boiler with its bottom portion holding water. (This machine was filled when it was purchased, hence the weight). Through the serial number they learned the machine was one year old, having been sold new to a drug store in Sherman, Texas which had since gone out of business. A new machine at that time sold for $4,750; recently that price has risen to $5,200. The company sold refurbished machines for $3,500. During the phone conversation, the folks in New York offered Mike and Tammy $2,500 “as is” for their machine, and the company would also pay the shipping cost. The couple declined the offer. The lights were on now, and the wheels were turning. Basically the machine is a large cooking pot, a stainless steel double boiler system, which cooks and stirs and heats to 160 degrees. Mike and Tammy made other calls to New York, asked more questions, sent for and received some “mix,” made some fudge, sampled it, shared it, made some Pg


more, and then started figuring things out on their own. Tammy grew up making fudge in her mother’s kitchen. Now she began working in her own experimental candy kitchen creating larger quantities at a time and developing flavors. Originally she developed two. Now she has over 30 distinctive flavors, including jalapeno fudge, and offers a special “sucrose free fudge” for diabetics. She also has created a “healthy fudge” made with dark chocolate, walnuts, cranberries, blueberries, raspberries and a hint of Amaretto. In February 2009 Mike and Tammy applied for a business name, and Wild Horse Mountain Fudge came into being. Open one day a week, Fudge Friday is a delicious way to start the week-end in Montague County. One-half pound sells for $7, and may include two flavors. One pound sells for $13, and can be a combination of up to four flavors. All fudge is wrapped, boxed and bagged. They also take mail orders weather permitting, usually until the end of July. Contact Mike at 940-395-0624; Tammy at 940-395-0625; Mike Hughes Ranch at 940-825-5222, or go online to . Some customers are first-timers driving by, who see the signs and stop off for a sweet treat. Many customers are established repeats. Specialty orders are also welcome. They do weddings and receptions. “We put the sweet bite on the table.” They also create seasonal molds and shapes, as well as seasonal flavors such as peppermint fudge and pumpkin pie fudge. At Christmas,”a bucket of fudge,” as well as divinity are offered. Summertime flavors include sherbets, lemon, lime and orange, strawberry lemonade and watermelon.

“We are constantly trying new combinations,” Tammy said. “We strive to keep our fudge healthy, and always use real fruit.” Wild Horse Mountain Fudge has served customers who have driven all the way from Burkburnett to the west to Van Alstyne located over in southeast Grayson County. Their creation and design of a unique refrigerated fudge wagon allows Mike and Tammy to trailer to indoor events like the Bowie Flea Market, the annual Watermelon Festival in Oklahoma, and the Texas Oklahoma Fair held in Wichita Falls each September. Also look for Wild Horse Mountain Fudge at Del Rio Restaurant in Nocona, Texas. “We are somewhere nearly every week-end selling fudge,” Mike said. “It’s as sweet to do as it is to serve,” Tammy added. Plans for expansion at the Wild Horse Mountain location include the addition of a boutique specializing in Mike’s and Tammy’s unique creations including leather, wood, fashions and jewelry and a chapel near the white rock cross which has marked the local property for a number of years. Currently Wild Horse Mountain Park offers RV parking spaces, barbecue grills, picnic tables, electricity service with water and a shower house for overnight travelers. A couple of years into the fudge business, Mike ran into the seller again at another flea market. He walked up, handed the gentleman a box of fudge and told him the whole story. Then with a big grin he shook hands and said, “There may be a sucker born every day all right, but this time, I don’t believe it was me!”

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Achieve authentic barbecue flavor EVERY TIME you grill Special to the North Texas Best Times When purchasing a new gas grill, informed shoppers usually put “delivering fabulous flavor� at the top of their expectations list. The experts at Broil King agree with this priority, and offer these quick tips to make sure you get authentic barbecue flavor every time. Where there is smoke, there is flavor The vaporizer is a key component. As the drippings fall onto the hot surface, they are instantly vaporized, imparting smoky flavor into your food. For maximum effect, look for a vaporizer that covers the entire bottom of the oven and has no flat spots where juices can pool. Smoking accessories expand flavor range Using a smoker box with flavored wood chips or wooden grilling planks you can add the smoky flavor. Grilling Tip Cook with the lid closed. This allows more smoky flavor to infuse your food and keeps a consistent temperature, for better results.

Steakhouse Sear Marks The sizzle as the meat hits the grill is one of the sweetest sounds when grilling. A heavy, solid cooking grid will deliver the best heat retention and searing power to lock in juices and flavor. Choose cast iron grids if you are looking for steakhouse searing performance or stainless steel grids for easy maintenance. Better control means better flavor The more control you have over the temperature of your grill the better your food will taste. Look for a gas grill that offers infinite heat control, instead of just low, medium and high, allowing you to set your grill to the precise temperature for searing, roasting or slow cooking. Along with temperature control, look for a grill that has at least two burner controls, allowing you to grill with one side off, also known as indirect grilling. Recipes and more information is available online at www.


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Visitors get a taste of farm life at Circle N Dairy Janet Felderhoff, North Texas Best Times Tommy and Michelle Neu, owners of Circle N Dairy located northwest of Lindsay, Texas, enjoy showing those who visit a glimpse of life on the farm. The couple, along with their son Kevin, operate a dairy with a herd of around 60 Holstein cows.   Managing a dairy farm takes many hours of hard work and dedication. Cows must be milked twice daily seven days a week. But, Michelle enjoys taking time to give tours of their operation.   Milking starts at 2:30 in the morning for Tommy and Michelle. She said they selected that time so that the second milking ends around 4:30 p.m., allowing them time to do other things such as eat out or attend community events. She said they rest for a couple of hours after the morning milking.   Besides milking twice a day, Michelle described other daily chores, “We bottle calves, put out feed for the cows, mix feed for the cows, take care of all the feeding.”   Visitors to Circle N Dairy who take the tour get to see the dairy, feed baby calves (a favorite), sample fresh milk, and the children are presented with goodies bags. Visitors go into the dairy barn to see where the cows are milked, but are not brought in during a milking period.   “We made it a rule because cows don’t like a lot of people around,” explained Michelle. Besides being unsettling for some of the cows, it isn’t safe for just anyone to attempt to milk a cow. Unlike television shows, these cows are milked with automatic milkers, not by hand.   School and home-school groups and families take advantage of the dairy tour. Michelle said they accept all sizes. Tours reservations can be scheduled by calling Michelle at 940-372-0343 or emailing She offers tours by appointment on weekdays and Saturdays. None are done on Sunday.   Raw milk sales became a part of the dairy’s income three years ago. According to Michelle, it has been a success. She said, “The reason we started the raw milk sales is that people were starting to ask for it. They’re wanting to get away from processed foods. We hadn’t really thought about it, but when people started to ask for it, we decided to check into getting permit for it and it went from there.”   Now Circle N’s raw milk customers number in the hundreds. Michelle said they have people who drive from the Metroplex just to purchase the natural milk and its products. If kept cold, the milk stays good tasting for about two weeks. “With raw milk, it sours naturally, so you can still use it to cook with,” remarked Michelle. “If it has a sour taste, it isn’t going to hurt you, but nobody wants to drink sour milk.” She added that many of the people who buy their Pg


Circle N Dairy owners Tommy and Michelle Neu on their farm. The blue Harvestor is where the silage for the herd is stored providing feed throughout the year. The tall storage tank is visible for many miles.

milk use it to make butter, sour cream, yogurt, kefir, and cheese.   Products besides raw milk available at the Circle N store include chocolate milk, cream, fresh free-range eggs, Wisconsin pasteurized cheese and butter, local raw honey, canned items such as jams, jellies, breads, cinnamon rolls, salsa, home-made milk soap, and meat from Hess Meat Market. Many of the home-made products and the eggs are provided by Donna Schad and other neighbors.   Michelle noted, “The reason we have pasteurized butter is that the State doesn’t let us make raw butter to sell. You can buy our cream and make your own butter, but the State doesn’t let anyone sell raw butter. It’s regulated differently.”   While performing their task of producing milk, the Circle N cows have the option of grazing in pastures or lounging in a free-stall barn equipped with fans, misters, cooling, and rubber fill mattresses to lay on. Their feed and water is offered in the barn. Michelle commented, “Sometimes you’ll find them laying in there. Mainly in the summer they will be in the barn. Once it starts to turn hot, they’re going to be up here because that’s where all the cooling is. They prefer to be outside. That’s their natural habitat.    Tommy stated, “We work with the cows daily to be sure they are comfortable and well nourished. Our herd is grass fed on pasture and supplemented with home-grown feedstuffs, such as hay and silage, with no hormones or antibiotics. We pamper the cows with warmth in the winter and cooling fans and misters in the summer. We know that healthy cows produce the best quality milk.”   No hormones or antibiotics are fed to the Circle N herd. Nor are they fed corn, said Michelle, because everybody is afraid of corn. All of their feed is grown on the Neu farm.   Most dairies feed cows a mixture of grain to munch on while they are milked. This is not done at Circle N. Instead, their cows get a total mixed ration fed in the free-stall barn. “It’s their silage, their grain - we either use barley or milo for their grains and then supplement which is a vitamin and mineral mix. You mix all that together and its a total mixed

ration.   “With the silo, that’s the best way to put up feed. So we always describe it as canning your food. That’s what I tell people on the tour for them to be able to relate to it because once you put it in the silo it’s airtight, it ferments, and its just as fresh as when you put it in. If it lasts you a year, it would still be just as good a year later.”   Asked to explain the benefits of drinking raw milk, Michelle remarked, “It is the healthiest drink that you can find. You could live on raw milk. You’d need no food and no water and you could live and be healthy with raw milk only. That’s the only thing that we’ve found that you can say that about.   “When they pasteurize it, they destroy all the good enzymes. That’s another benefit (of raw milk). Everything that is naturally in the milk stays in the milk. Nothing is added or taken out. You are getting the whole product.”   Michelle noted that even most people who are lactose intolerant can drink raw milk.   There is a link on the Circle N Dairy’s website that gives a considerable amount of researched information on raw milk. It notes that not all raw milk is the same. It said in part, “There is a lot of variation due to the many factors that go into its formation. What the cow is fed, how and where it’s raised, how the milk is collected, all play important roles in its safety and quality. Cows pastured on organic green grass produce milk with amazing health benefits.”   For those concerned that drinking raw milk will make them sick, the website information states, “Not if it is properly collected from cows fed organic grass (and a minimum of grain). Heavy grain diets change the composition of the milk and hinder its ability to protect itself. Grass-fed milk has natural antibiotic properties that help protect it (and those lucky enough to drink it) from pathogenic bacteria. If you’ve been using pasteurized dairy products, you might want to eat small amounts of yogurt or kefir for a week or so, to give your digestive tract a pro-biotic boost, before switching to raw milk.”   To legally sell raw milk, a dairy must obtain a permit.



“We are permitted two ways,” stated Michelle. “We are permitted for raw milk sales and for commercial sales.” Before a raw milk permit is issued, the State inspects the dairy. Once given a permit, the dairy’s milk is tested monthly. For the commercial sales, the milk is tested each time the milk truck picks it up from the dairy.   There are thought to be health benefits to drinking raw milk, Michelle said, “It helps with allergies, eczema, it can help with weight loss.” She suggested visiting the link on the bottom of their home page for some good information on the benefits of raw milk and comparisons to pasteurized milk.   There is a need for the use of a lot of water on a dairy, as the cow’s udders are washed prior to milking and the barn is washed down after every milking. The Neus do what they can to conserve their water. Michelle explained, “We recycle all of the water used on the dairy. We have a lagoon and the water goes through a separator where it separates the solids from the liquids. The solids we compost and use on our fields and the liquid we use to irrigate on our pastures.”   Tommy is a second generation dairyman. His father Charles started the dairy in 1967. In 1990, Tommy took over operation of the business he had worked on since he was a young boy. Their son Kevin works on the dairy and will likely be the third generation to own it. “We are proud of what we do and want to continue on,” said Michelle. “It makes you feel good to have customers come and tell you how much they like the milk and that they’ve seen changes in their health or their kids because they can get their kids

to drink milk.”   There are only six or seven dairies still operating in Cooke County. Western Cooke County has the Klement dairy in Muenster and the Neu and Fuhrmann dairies in Lindsay with the others being in the Gainesville area.   The Neus are parents of three sons Brian, Mark, and Kevin.   The Neus say, “Here at Circle N Family Dairy, our #1 goal is to keep our cows in the best condition possible so they will provide you with the best tasting raw milk. We invite you to come out to our dairy for a tour and to see for yourself our happy and productive herd.”   June is National Dairy Month, so it would be a great time to visit Circle N Dairy to experience a little glimpse of life on the farm.

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Why write personal stories? Special to The North Texas Best Times | by Jerry Lincecum

Why spend two hours on a Saturday afternoon in a writing class? To create a legacy for our descendants. That is a valuable insight I have learned from listening to hundreds of autobiographical stories read aloud by their authors. The Telling Our Stories class began meeting in Jan. 1990 because some folks believed “the ways we live” changed drastically in their lifetimes. When people reach a certain age, they want to reflect on their lives and pass on key experiences and family stories. Having a trained leader and a support group helps. Two dozen years later, TOS remains alive and well, having published 12 books of stories by local writers. We have also sponsored annual story contests. On May 5, those who entered the 2013 contest will gather at Austin College to receive certificates of recognition. Three of them will read outstanding stories to the audience and share cash prizes totaling $225. The first TOS writers felt that only their personal stories and family reminiscences could capture the realities of daily life as they had experienced it. None considered themselves “writers”; they just had stories to tell and were willing to learn by repeated practice in a supportive group with monthly deadlines. At the first class, Jack Frost McGraw said that she had grandchildren and great grands with no idea of what it had been like for her to grow up in the small town of Sherman during

the late teens and 1920s. Writing family stories kept her going well into her 90s and filled six books. WWII veteran J. Willis Hastings wanted to write about his ordeal in a German POW camp. Some of his stories moved us to tears, but he also made us laugh with childhood tales of mischief. He published “From Barn Burner to Bombardier” and had a lot of fun sharing his stories. Over the years, at least two dozen other local authors have self published books of their reminiscences. Among the long-time members of the Whitesboro TOS class are Cleo Curtis and Jacquita Lewter of Collinsville, Marcia Porter and Barbara Pybas of Gainesville, and Mary Nan Story of Whitesboro. Each month they share stories and we brainstorm more with topics and prompts given in handouts. The cost is only $10 per session. The First United Methodist Church of Whitesboro graciously allows us to use a classroom in their Wesley Hall on Saturday afternoons once a month. We have four sessions each fall, four in the spring, and one summer meeting in June. If you’d like to give us a try, the last spring session is April 27. The summer meeting is coming up on July 13. All classes meet 2-4 p.m. on Saturdays. For more information, telephone (903) 893-6041 or email: We also present programs for groups and work with individuals who want to write their life stories.

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In today’s world of jammed freeways and Internet superhighways, complicated technology and endless strip malls, a touch of life unchanged is just what we’re looking for.

That’s exactly what you’ll find at nostalgic Ranchman’s Café, better known as the Ponder Steakhouse. When you walk through the old-fashioned screen door into the 65-year-old genuinely-Texas eatery, you’ll be in a simpler time. The menu offers classic bovine favorites, as well as something different like seasoned quail—all grilled to tender, juicy perfection. Even after ample entrées and sides, guests manage to make room for dessert. The restaurant has stuck to its roots and still serves made from scratch meringue pie varieties, along with buttermilk pie and cobbler. setting the mood for an enjoyable, relaxing night. So while the world whirls around us faster than tumbleweed in the Texas wind, Ranchman’s cafe is still the place to come catch up on life. But unlike the Wild West that went mostly undiscovered for years, this place is no secret, so reservations are strongly recommended.



Your Finances What does Dow 15,000 mean to you? Special to the North Texas Best Times - Article supplied by your local Edward Jones financial advisor Kathy Bauer, Denton, Texas. This month, the Dow Jones Industrial Average hit a milestone, when, for the first time, it closed above 15,000. Of course, 15,000 is a nice, round number, and it sounds pretty big — but what does it mean to you, as an individual investor? Is it cause for celebration — or is it more of a “caution” flag? There’s no one simple answer to these questions. Since March 2009 — the low point of the market following the 2008 financial crisis — the “Dow” has risen about 130 percent. And while the Dow is just one index, it’s nonetheless an important measure of the market’s performance — which means that you were likely glad to see the 15,000 mark eclipsed and you’d be happy if the numbers just kept rising.  However, as you’re no doubt aware, the market does not move in just one direction. Typically, declines of 10% or more — or “corrections” — occur about once a year. Unfortunately, they’re not predictable.  Sooner or later, the markets will indeed change course, at least for the short term. When this happens, don’t panic — corrections are a normal part of the market cycle. Still, you might feel like you should do something to cope with the downturn. But what? Here are a few suggestions:  • Keep investing — Too many people, when faced with a market drop, decide to “cut their losses” and take a “time out” from investing. But that can be a costly mistake — had these investors bailed out of the market in 2009, and only recently returned, they would have missed a substantial part of that 130 percent run-up in the Dow. And when you invest in a down market, your dollars may actually go farther if the market rebounds, because you would have bought more shares at the lower prices.  • Review your portfolio — It’s usually a good idea to review your portfolio at least once a year, and it may be especially important during those times when the market changes directions. Over time, a portfolio can become unbalanced — for example, following a long period of rising prices, some of your growth-oriented investments may have gained so much value that they now take up a larger percentage of your holdings than Pg


you had intended, possibly subjecting you to a greater level of risk than you desire. If this happens, you may need to scale back on these investments and reallocate the money elsewhere. • Diversify — Always look for ways to spread your dollars among a range of vehicles — stocks, bonds, government securities, certificates of deposit (CDs) and other investments. Even within these classes, look for ways to diversify further, such as owning different types of stocks, bonds of varying maturities, and so on. Diversification can’t guarantee a profit or protect against a loss, but it can help reduce the impact of volatility that can occur in a downturn.  The Dow at 15,000 is certainly no minor event. And since stocks don’t appear too expensive compared to their earnings, don’t be surprised if higher milestones follow.  But record highs can be quickly forgotten when the market falls. By being prepared for that day, too, you can help yourself continue to work toward your goals — even when the major market indices have, for the moment, taken a wrong turn.

Saving money can reduce stress and improve overall health Special to The North Texas Best Times Financial concerns, including not having enough money to pay bills or worrying that money will run out, are a leading cause of stress. Finding new ways to save money can help reduce these feelings of stress and improve quality of life. According to the YouGov poll for the Institute of Financial Planning and National Savings and Investments in the United Kingdom, roughly two-thirds of people worry about money. An American Psychological Association poll indicates 80 percent of Americans state the economy is a significant cause of stress, while 83 percent of women and 78 percent of men are stressed about money. Stress can contribute to a variety of health ailments, including anxiety, depression and cardiovascular problems. Stress can also worsen preexisting conditions. Finding ways to reduce stress may lead to a longer, happier life. One way to reduce stress is to take control of your finances so that money issues do not compound stress. Finding a way to save more money might do the trick. * Examine the contents of your storage unit. Storage units can help people who have to temporarily house items between moves or during home renovations. But storage units can be a waste of money when they’re used as a place to store clutter. Spending $100 or more per month to store seldom used items can quickly add up to a large amount of money. Visit the storage unit to determine if you are storing items you have not used in some time. You may be able to switch to a smaller, less expensive unit, or you may realize you don’t need the unit at all. * Take inventory of your unused gift cards before your next shopping trip. Gift cards are a financial windfall for some people and a convenient go-to gift for others. Simply offer a gift card and the recipient can go on a shopping spree of his or her choosing. But unless they are used shortly after they’re received, gift cards easily can be forgotten or lost. Recipients may forget about them after they’ve been stashed in a mail drawer or purse that has been retired to the back of the closet. Before your next shopping excursion, check to see if you have any gift cards that might save you money. * Stop wasting food. The National Resources Defense Council says the average American discards as much as $43 worth of food each month. That amounts to more than $500 per year, which is a large portion of the food budget to simply toss in the trash. Store foods so that they are easily visible in the refrigerator so that lettuce doesn’t turn brown or you forget about those strawberries that are now covered in fuzz. If you are prone to produce amnesia, simply buying frozen vegetables can help prolong shelf life and save you money. * Put loose change to good use. While not much can be purchased for under $1 these days, that doesn’t make loose change worthless. Coins can quickly accumulate and add up to big bucks. According to the coin-counting company Coin-

star, across the country there may be approximately $10 billion in coins just sitting around unused. Keep a bank or jar by the entryway to your home so you won’t forget to save all of that loose change each day. When the jar is filled, roll it up and bring it to the bank or rely on a coin-counting machine at your bank. * Stop losing receipts. Who hasn’t delegated an ill-fitting item to the back of the closet because of a lost receipt? Missing receipts often deter people from going to a store to return or replace items that do not fit or did not work out. Instead of being stuck with a piece of useless clothing, be mindful of receipts, always opting to have them put into your wallet instead of just leaving them in the bag. New smartphone apps enable you to scan and store receipts if you’re prone to losing them. Also, some retailers track purchases, particularly among loyal customers -- those who present a card or key ring bar code to scan -- and can easily look up prior purchases without a receipt. * Make payments on time. Failure to make certain payments on time, particularly credit card bills, may incur interest charges. Those few dollars in late fees or several hundred dollars in interest can quickly add up. Set up auto payments whenever possible so you can avoid late fees and interest charges.

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Sprucing up your home on a budget

Jacquita Lewter North Texas Best Times There’s just something about the beauty of springtime which often urges us to spruce up, clean up and fix up inside our homes in order to capture that feeling of newness that seems to exist everywhere this time of year. Who hasn’t yearned at some point in time to be able to secure the services of an interior design person to perform a room makeover for you, or better yet, what about a whole house makeover? While a professional designer’s services may not be possible for you right now, there are some really clever tips and decorating ideas that anyone can put to effective use without breaking the bank. One common misconception is that a redecorating project for your house, apartment, or a single room involves a complete do over thus involving a large amount of work, time and money. The reality is that often changing just one wall in a room can create a whole new look. Would-be decorators should always start by thoroughly cleaning surface areas—floors, walls, windows, moldings, light fixtures, etc. Unload shelves, box up breakables, sift, sort and toss unnecessary stuff. Any room looks its best when it is neat and tidy. One of the best, no-cost ways to redecorate is to repurpose things you already have. Look carefully around your house and visualize how items from one room could completely change the setting in another room. Finding a new spot for an old chair can give your living room a dramatic new feel. That old trunk in your bedroom might make an ideal coffee table for the living room. Maybe that painting in Pg


the dining room could bring a new dimension to your home office space. Seeing your old stuff with new eyes can be a fun experience, and the only thing you will spend by moving these items around will be a few calories. Add color to your surroundings. Choose an accent color that either complements or contrasts with your current color scheme, but be careful, no more than two accent colors per room. A color wheel can help you choose accent colors. Complementary colors are close together on the color wheel, such as different shades of blue. Contrasting colors are opposite each other. Then, bring out your color choice at different points around the room. For example, if you choose red, toss a couple of red throw pillows on your bed or the sofa. Put red shades on your lamps. Tie back the curtains with cords in the accent color. Top off the look with the use of small accessories, like candles, picture frames vases, and even book spines to bring the accent color to tables and shelves. A cheap trick for decorating the wall space above a couch is to hang a row of clean, white picture frames and display black and white photos. To add a personalized touch, enlarge family pictures and create a family photo wall. Such a display is certain to become a real conversation starter among visitors to your home. Fool the eye and hang a shelf. Make a long and narrow room appear wider by creating a long, sleek, wall shelf which can also double as a mantle. Another trick of the eye is to place several mirrors along a dark hallway in order to open up the space and reflect light in the area. If you want the

illusion of higher ceilings, mount curtain brackets close to the ceiling. In your living room or den area, declutter the coffee table. If oversize books are taking over the coffee table surface, stack up books of similar size and color high enough so that the books become the table. Place this stack at the end of the couch, and top with an appropriate room accent. Do the unexpected. Paint the interior of a closet an exciting, eye-poping color for a nice surprise each and every time you open the door. However, this move will mean you will have to keep the closet clutter free so that you will see and enjoy that nice pop of color. Consider placing an inexpensive sisal rug in an area to ground a space. When wood floors are not in the best condition, painting or staining them can make them come alive. And don’t think that paint jobs have to be a standard solid color. Pattern and finish can make all the difference in the world. In your bedroom, create a breezy, whimsical look by draping a vintage scarf over the headboard. Another bedroom idea is to get rid of the “matchy”-matchy” style sheets and give your boudoir a fresh look by changing out your linens and mixing them up. Shop end of season sales or discount bedding shops for best pricing. Update your bathroom without major renovations by adding new colorful towels, shower curtains and bathroom ensembles. Mix and match color combinations. Add scented candles and frame a suitable print or poster to hang on the wall.

In the kitchen, add personality with a new back splash for a big impact at a low cost. And if replacing your cabinets is not in the budget, paint them. Consider a new and dramatic look by painting cabinet doors black and the trim white, if that’s your style. Or choose your own color to pair up with white. Some professionals believe you can never go wrong with a blue and white combination color scheme in any room in the house. Keep out a sharp eye for absolutely amazing finds at yard sales, estate sales and vintage resale shops. After all, one man’s (or woman’s) trash is another one’s treasure. When considering a makeover, always remember that a successful room needs an object of focus. Create rooms to live in. Life is messy, so keep your own real life in mind when choosing fabrics, slipcovers, furniture and floor coverings so that you can laugh instead of cry when the children or grandchildren spill something on the floor, or the dog jumps on the sofa.



Simple Television Remotes Designed for Seniors by Jim Miller Dear Savvy Senior, Can you recommend some easy-to-use television remote controls for seniors? I got my 74-year-old mother a new HDTV for her birthday, but the remote control is very confusing for her to operate. Shopping Son Dear Shopping, It seems like most television remote controls today come with dozens of unnecessary buttons that make them very confusing to operate. Add in the fact that many people use two or three remotes to operate their home entertainment equipment (TV, cable box, VCR and DVD player, etc.) it compounds the problem even further. Fortunately, there are several universal TV remotes available today that are specifically designed for seniors and the technically challenged. These remote controls have bigger buttons and fewer options that make them much easier to see, program and operate. Simplified Remotes Two popular senior-friendly products to consider are the Flipper Remote and the Super Remote SR3. The Flipper works all major TVs including cable, satellite and digital TV receiver boxes with only one remote. Available for $25 at, it offers a tapered design that makes it easy to hold, and for simplicity it has only six large color-coded buttons that are exposed (On/Off, Channel Up and Down, Volume Up and Down, and Mute.) All others buttons are accessed by sliding the top panel down, so they won’t get in the way during day-to-day TV watching. Flipper also has an optional feature that lets you program up to 30 of your mom’s favorite channels for easy access. The Super Remote SR3 from Universal Remote Control, Inc. (sold through for around $13) is a slightly more sophisticated user-friendly remote that can control three devices – TVs, cable or satellite boxes, and DVD players. It offers a light-weight ergonomic design, large easy-to-see numeric buttons each in the shape of the number it represents, and a centrally located “My Button” that gives your mom the ability turn on the TV and set the tuner to her favorite channel with a single button press. Pg


It also provides four “Favorite” buttons for onetouch access to her favorite channels, and an “All Off” button that lets her shut down the entire home entertainment system with a single button press. Super-Sized Remotes There are also a number of over-sized TV remotes that are ideal for seniors with vision problems. The “Tek Partner,” “Big Button,” and “Tek Pal” remotes all made by the HyTek Manufacturing Company (bigbuttonremotes. com, 630-466-7664) in Sugar Grove, Ill. are three solid options to consider. If you’re interested in an extra large remote control, the $40 Tek Partner – which is 5 ½” wide and 8 ½” long – is their biggest. It offers huge brightly lit buttons with big readable characters, and a narrowed center (3 ½”) which makes it easy to handle for a big remote. It also contains only the essential functions making it easy to use and program, and it operates any combination of TV‘s, VCR’s, DVD players, cable boxes and satellite dishes. If you’re looking for something a little smaller (2 ½” X 9 ½”), there’s the $25, rectangular-shaped Big Button remote which offers the same large and illuminating buttons as the Tek Partner and the exact same features. Or, if you only want a basic remote for the TV, there’s the Tek Pal which comes with just six large buttons (On/Off, Mute, Channel Up and Down, and Volume Up and Down buttons) that light up when pushed. Available for $19, the Pal will only work with televisions that have cable wired directly into the TV. Send your senior questions to: Savvy Senior, P.O. Box 5443, Norman, OK 73070, or visit Jim Miller is a contributor to the NBC Today show and author of “The Savvy Senior” book.


“Cats & Daughters” by Helen Brown

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How many kids do you have? It’s a question that often comes up and when you answer it, you’re always careful to add in the furry ones. And why not? Your four-footed kids are a lot like the two-footed ones: they’re messy, sassy, yowling creatures with loud demands, stubborn impatience, and extreme insolence – and you wouldn’t have it any other way. Still, two-footed or four-, you can’t wait til your kids grow up. But as you’ll see in the new book “Cats & Daughters” by Helen Brown, maturity from them doesn’t always mean fewer headaches for you. Helen Brown’s daughter, Lydia , had always been drawn to those less able. When most high-schoolers were partying and playing, Lydia helped care for a handful of elderly folks and developmentallydisabled teens. She drove them around, made sure they were safe, and took them on interesting outings. Brown was forever astounded at the love and compassion that her eldest daughter bestowed on people of all walks. Yes, Lydia made her parents proud – but when she embraced Buddhism and announced that she was moving to Sri Lanka , Brown was horrified. Years ago, Brown’s oldest son, Sam, was killed in a car accident and, with the help of time and an eerily-understanding cat named Cleo, the family eventually healed. Now the comfort named Cleo was gone, Sri Lanka was in the midst of war, and Brown couldn’t face the thought of losing another child. But a different kind of danger was lurking at home: just after Lydia left, Brown was diagnosed with breast cancer.  She had a mastectomy and, thanks to Lydia ’s quick return and quiet care, Brown began to mend again. Which was when Jonah stalked into her life. Certain that Cleo was a once-in-a-lifetime pet, Brown had firmly insisted that she’d never have another cat but, on one of those let’s-just-look outings, she fell in love with a cream-and-chocolate beauty. With Lydia heading once

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again to the monastery, Jonah the kitten seemed to be just the thing for a sorrowful house. But Jonah was hyperactive. He was demanding and he required more accoutrements than the average human toddler. And he was incredibly too independent. Just like a certain older daughter… Tired of pet memoirs that wring tears out of you until you’re exhausted? Me, too, so I’m happy to say that “Cats & Daughters” is delightfully different. Author Helen Brown has a wonderful sense of humor and that shows abundantly here, despite that she writes about scary things mixed with the ubiquitous awww-inspiring pet-and-me stories.  I enjoyed her ability to see the irony in any situation and she’s quick to dial up the optimism which means – at the risk of being a spoiler - that readers won’t have to endure a sappy-sad ending filled with tissues. This is one of those books you leave on the table so it’s handy when you want to return to it – which will be often.  Whether your kiddies or kitties have two legs or four, “Cats & Daughters” is a book you’ll pounce on.



Your Health

Health benefits to playing golf

Golf can be good for your health and your heart. Walking an average course for a round of golf can be as much as 2.5 miles. If you walk 18 holes three to five times a week, you’ll get an optimal amount of endurance exercise for your heart. If you pull your clubs or carry them, you’ll burn even more calories each round and benefit even more.

Playing golf regularly can help you: • Stay fit • Improve muscle tone and endurance

• Lose weight and body fat.

Best Golf Tips: Putt your way to good scoring Special to The North Texas Best Times | by Ben Sayers The putter is statistically the most important club in the golf bag. No other club is hit, or at least planned to be hit, on every hole. In a par round, up to 50% of the strokes could be putts. I also contend that it is psychologically the most important club in the bag. How many fist pumps are seen after a drive in the fairway or a green hit in regulation? Because of the importance of putting, there should be an equal importance placed on putting practice. A quick search of the web will show that there is an abundance of putting training aids. Many of these training aids focus on the technique of putting (ball position, body position, putter path, etc.) rather than the results of putting. Other training aids focus only on the results without any feedback to help correct flaws (i.e. putting mats). The Putting Fork Pro, on the other hand, can do both. As the old axiom states, “Practice does not make perfect. Perfect practice makes perfect.” The Putting Fork Pro is the quickest way to perfect practice. When all of the “opinions” are stripped away, putting can be broken down into two basic physics problems. The strike of the ball by the putter is an elementary impulse/momentum problem. The momentum (the mass of the putter head multiplied by the velocity at which the putter head is traveling) and angle of impact of the putter head is transferred to the ball along a resultant vector. Once the ball has left the putter, it is governed by the equations of projectile motion. The velocity vector of the ball, along with the acceleration that is acting on the ball due to the sum of forces, determines a trajectory that will hopefully intersect the hole. Or, translating from “Nerd Speak”, the speed of the putt and the line of the putt will determine if the putt is made. Pg


Let me repeat that. There are only two parameters that actually determine whether a putt is made or not, the speed and the line. Intuitively most people recognize this. The speed required is subjective to you or controlled by others. It is subjective in that it is your decision on how to play the shot. Do you want to ram it in the back of the hole? Do you want to “die it into the hole?” Everything else is controlled by others. Is the green fast or slow? Is the putt uphill, downhill, or sidehill? You get the point. So that leaves the line. Can you hit the line necessary to make the ball “intersect” the hole at the speed you select? Can you repeatedly hit it? That is where the Putting Fork Pro comes into play. The Putting Fork Pro is the only tool that gives you instant feedback on how well you hit your line, using actual playing conditions. More importantly, it gives you a “line tolerance”. In engineering terms, the tolerance is the amount of error that you can have and still meet your desired goal. Take a look at the figures below. On the second easiest setting using the Putting Fork Pro, the “line tolerance” is such that a straight 6 foot putt will hit the hole every time. In fact, a ball that barely makes it through the tees on the second easiest setting will burn the edge of the hole at 12 feet and will miss the hole by only 4.6 inches at 25 feet! Not many people worry about a 4” tap in. “Perfect practice makes perfect.” The Putting Fork Pro is an advanced training device, optimized to improve your putting. It was not developed by years of research, or by trying to incorporate the latest theories on putting technique, but by common sense (and simple physics). The more often you hit your line, the better you will putt. The smaller your “line tolerance”, the more success you will have on the greens. Practice with a purpose, and reap the benefits in your game.

Cooke County on par with unique golfing options Editor’s note: this is the first in a series on golf options in North Texas. This month’s feature highlights the golf courses of Cooke County. Next month we will take a look at the unique courses in Grayson County. At the end of the features, our publisher will put together the best combination of 18 holes from all the courses of North Texas.

If golf is your bag, hitting the links in Cooke County has you on par at two very distinctly different courses, open all year round weather depending. Turtle Hill Golf Course is a very unique track which meanders through the hills and trees north of Muenster. It is challenge for any level of golfer. Whit spectacular par threes, par fours that offer the golfer risk/reward opportunities and a couple of reachable par fives, the course is a diamond in the rough. Gainesville Municipal Golf Course is continually improving. With new greens planted last year, the course is in the best shape it has been in years. The par threes challenging holes and some long par fours make this course a good test of your game. Bring the driver because this is not a finess course, but a girp it and rip it type layout.

Turtle Hill Golf Course

‘Diamond in the rough,”and #18 in the State’s “Most Economical Courses” in 2008. Turtle Hill Golf Course is a scenic, serene 18-hole course with trees and rolling terrain. “The Turtle” has been featured in Golf Digest, Texas Golfer Magazine, The Fort Worth Star Telegram, and The Dallas Morning News. The signature hole is a par-3, 204-yard hole that is one of Texas’ most scenic and unique holes. Texas Golfer magazine named it one of the 18 most unique holes in the State of Texas.  From the elevated tee box, one can see the Oklahoma border seven miles away.  The green is 120 feet below the tee box, so the hole plays much shorter than its recorded distance, but it’s not one you’ll want to miss! Pro ShopTurtle Hill Golf Course offers some of the best stuff on the market to complement your game. We offer all the basics, including balls, tees, gloves and our Turtle Hill logo caps and towels. Stop in and browse through our merchandise before or after your next round. If you don’t see the item you’re looking for, let us know and we will do what we can to make it available. Practice FacilitiesA visit to the practice range before you begin your round is a must. Budget your time so that you will have a good 30 minutes to warm up, and make your round on the course more successful as well as enjoyable. Start your session with the wedges, and work your way up through the bag to your driver. Practicing a little more with the club you are most comfortable with will help you through you

Gainesville Municipal Golf Course

Turtle Hill Golf Course is truly a great North Texas golf experience for all levels. Located just north of Muenster, Turtle Hill is an experience you won’t soon forget.  Turtle Hill has everything you are looking for in a great North Texas golf experience.  Beautiful relaxed setting, challenging and picturesque 18-hole layout, unforgettable views, outstanding bent grass greens and a friendly and professional staff. With Turtle Hill Lodge and Conference Center, Turtle Hill is the perfect place for your next weekend get away or retreat. This is one of the best North Texas golf options. Turtle Hill Golf Club is a little out of the way, but if you’re looking for a fun and inexpensive round of golf and some excellent German food, then head to Muenster and play “The Turtle. The course has been touted in golf publications as a

The Gainesville Municipal Golf Course was opened in 1956 with nine holes designed by renowned architect, Ralph Plummer. Mr. Plummer was involved in more than 50 golf course designs in his career, including Tanglewood, Wichita Falls Country Club, Denton Country Club, and the Preston Trail Golf Club in Dallas. When a City bond election failed to build the second nine holes on the site, Jack Schafer, golf pro and manager at the time, used donated funding and the help of City equipment and labor to complete the course. The Gainesville Municipal Golf Course design lends itself to be enjoyed by the beginner as well as the most accomplished golfer. Wide open fairways along with crowned greens allows this course to be enjoyed by all. The golf course is located 3.5 miles west of Interstate 35 on Highway 82. For a reasonably priced round of golf, the Gainesville Municipal Golf Course is a must to try. Pg


Keep it moving for mobility Special to The North Texas Best Times I am sure you have all heard the phrase ‘You don’t know what you have until its gone.’ It has to do with taking things for granted. Not appreciating what you have while you still have it. I am sure all of us at one time have lost someone or something, only then to realize that while you had it, you really didn’t appreciate it. It may have been a family member, a pet, loved one, money, a vehicle or home. The same goes for your health. Your ability to be able to get around, to be mobile can be taken for granted. To do the things you love doing. Such as: • Enjoying your favorite sport or activity • Playing with your kids and grandkids

• Taking care of your garden or going for a nice walk. • Having the ability to get up and drive your self to work or to the store without pain or assistance. • If you have ever been injured or had a condition that left you unable to perform simply daily tasks, then you know what I mean. Having freedom of mobility become extremely important when you lose the ability to get around because of pain, poor health and disease. The two most common concerns I have seen over the years, as my patients get older are: • Having to rely on others to take care of them - This creates a feeling of restricted, lack of freedom and feeling like a bur-

den. • Not being able to do the things they love to do - This often will result in boredom, depression and a lost sense of purpose I have seen in my practice that the more active and mobile my patients are, as they get older, the more fulfillments in life they have, resulting in better health. Your ability to stay mobile, however, is not only about your age. I have treated patents that were in their 40s that could barely get around. On the other hand, I have treated patients in their 70s, 80s and 90s that were still active, agile and continue to lead healthy, fulfilled lives. I would like to share with you some ideas on how to stay active and mobile as best you can, for as long as you can.

Dr. Tuck’s Top Ten Mobility Tips: 1. Stay moving! If you don’t use it, you will lose it. The more you stay active and exercise your joints and muscles, the longer they will work for you. Pick an active activity that you love that gets you moving such as yoga, dancing, golfing, walking, hiking, biking or swimming. If you don’t keep moving you are likely to get rusty hinges! 2. Hydrate- The average person should be drinking 1/2 their body weight in ounces every day. A 120-pound person would need 60 ounces of water. Drink pure, clean, filtered water. Preferably Ionized Alkaline water, which supports a healthy immune system and helps slow aging. 3. Consider doing a detoxification program. Detoxification is the process of removing unwanted toxins from your body. This can drastically improve your health and help shed a few unwanted pounds. There are many types of detoxification programs out there. Consult your chiropractor before starting one. 4. Avoid over consuming highly acidic foods. Acid forming foods include breads, artificial sweeteners, alcohol, cigarettes, tobacco, coffee, drugs, sugar and meats. The more acidic your body becomes, the more rapid the aging process leading to decreased mobility. 5. Eat at least 5 servings of fruit and veggies a day. Whenever possible try to buy organic that are free of harmful hormones and pesticides. Good nutrition is your body’s fuel for a long, active life. 6. Get regular chiropractic check-ups. This helps your spine stay aligned, strong Pg


and healthy to keep you upright and active for as long as you desire. As the spine breaks down so does your mobility. 7. Give your body adequate rest. After a good night’s sleep, you feel better, your thoughts are clearer, and your emotions are less fragile. Without adequate sleep, judgment, mood, and ability to learn and retain information are weakened. 8. Increase your intake of Omegas to help reduce inflammation in the body. You may also consider taking a fish oil supplement, but make sure you choose one that contains omega-3s, and not omega-6s, and comes from a reputable brand. 9. Take deep cleansing breaths. Deep breathing brings fresh blood and oxygen to all of your cells. Creating a more oxygen rich environment help prevent disease and slows the aging process as well as reducing stress. 10. Count your blessing everyday. Appreciate your body and all of its amazing parts. Give thanks for your family, friends and loved ones. Appreciate where you have been in your life and all of the lessons you have leaned. Editor’s note: Dr. Dave Tuck has been a chiropractor for 20 years and is the owner and clinic director of Texoma Wellness Center, located in Whitesboro and Gainesville, Texas. Through his years of experience, he has a unique knowledge and understanding about the mind/body connection and its effect on the physiology of his patients. Pg


Lone Oak Ranch and Retreat makes the Old West come alive again Return with us now to the thrilling days of yesteryear.... ”The Lone Ranger”

Cathy Krahl, North Texas Best Times That saying came to mind when I first set foot on Lone Oak Ranch and Retreat southeast of Gainesville. The recreated Old West town reeks of heritage and western culture. It reminds us of times when we were free from worries and responsibilities in our lives -- even if it just takes us back to our childhood when we watched John Wane at the movies and Roy Rogers and the Lone Ranger on TV The old fashioned atmosphere runs throughout the 81 acres of rolling pastures with towering oaks and ornamental lakes that make up the ranch. It extends outward from the ranch office with its wooden plank sidewalk to the old church, paddocks for livestock and rustic cabins with rough cedar posts holding up porches. The air of yesteryear continues in every room with antique tools, old photos and rough hewn furniture. The Star Hotel features a ballroom surrounded by eleven rooms themed for various Western stars. The John Wayne suite boasts a hand carved bed and walls filled with photos of the star and posters

of his movies. Most of the rooms have a double bed and a set of bunk beds, perfect for a family stay. Modern amenities like heat and air conditioning, along with wi-fi, are found in each building. There is even a swimming pool. But no televisions are allowed. “We encourage our guests to experience the great outdoors,” Brian Manhart, manager and owner, said. The large covered porches just invite guests to sit outside, relax and commune with nature. Even in the middle of the day with a church retreat taking place nearby, one could easily hear the wind rustling the leaves in the trees, the birds chirping and the squirrels chattering. Not street sounds intruded on the peaceful afternoon. The ranch’s slogan sums it up nicely: “An hour north of Dallas/Fort Worth, a million miles from ‘the city’...” The authentic atmosphere has the ranch receiving requests to shoot music videos and movies once or twice a month. History comes alive with the furnishings scattered in most rooms. The ballroom, the largest indoor venue on the

ranch, features an antique wooden bar brought in from California by the original owner. It also sports a real Wells Fargo safe that is still used. About a year ago, Manhart did research and on how to change the combination. The Lone Oak Chapel was built in the 1890s and moved to the ranch in the 1990s from its original location on Lone Oak Road near Sanger. It is used for weddings and church retreats. “About 90 per cent of the church is original,” Manhart explained. That includes the hand carved doors and tinted windows. Workers had to take down the steeple and remove the roof to make the move. But, today, the chapel does have heat and air, updated acoustics and a modern sound system. There are two outdoor venues for weddings that are very popular with engaged couples: The Wagon Wheel and The Grove. The Wagon Wheel location encompasses a cedar arbor, wooded background and wagon wheel steps that lead to a wooden stage. The Grove venue has a wooden backdrop for the wedding ceremony. SurPg


rounded by oak trees, a large wooden cross is nestled within and paired with white lights strung from tree to tree and a chandelier hanging above. Lone Oak Ranch can provide everything for a wedding ceremony. Packages may include rehearsal, rehearsal dinner, wedding venue, reception with a catered meal and set up with linens, china and flatware. Also, rooms for overnight guests are an option. A wedding coordinator is involved in all planning and makes the event run smoothly. “We try to keep it as original as we possible can,” Manhart said of the wedding ceremonies held at the ranch. “It is such a joy to work out there,” said Brenda Willingham of Cherished Memories: Wedding Decorations and Rentals. “They have wonderful staff there. Brian is a pleasure to work with,” she added. Willingham has decorated for many weddings at Loan Oak Ranch. “It is one of my favorite venues,” she explained. “It is so easy out there, so laid back. And they go out of their way to work with you, go way beyond.” Carriage rides are available but must be ordered ahead of time as an outside contractor provides this service. Overnight guests are welcome and may stay at the hotel or one of two guests houses. They look like an old farm house. Guests my rent out one of the buildings of the town like Miss Ellie’s or the Jail. (Only the front windows have bars in the jail.)



Nestled among the trees, the rustic log cabins are also available for larger groups. The ten cabins are usually reserved for retreats and Camp Kiowa, a summer camp for kids. Individual activities are offered including wagon rides, trail rides, archery, BB guns and a petting zoo. They plan to add a paint ball range in the future. Besides church retreats, the ranch offers corporate retreats and other retreats for things like scrapbooking and family reunions. Private parties are a mainstay of the ranch. Birthday parties, anniversary celebrations, engagement dinners and bridal showers take place almost weekly. Organization banquets and holiday parties are also held at the ranch. Company picnics and “stay-cations” are becoming more popular. There are six different venues for parties and meetings ranging in size to held 28 to 250 guests. The outdoor covered pavilion/arena can holdup to 2000. Lone Oak Ranch also holds unique events like horse clinics. Manhart uses his knowledge of caring for animals at other places like the speech he gave last month at the Fur Ball, a fund raiser for Noah’s Art, the animal shelter in Gainesville. In a recent five day window, the ranch served 90 men on a church retreat, a bride and groom at their wedding, 50 ladies at a Bible study and a group of 75 from Korea just looking for some authentic Texas heritage, a trail ride and some

good BBQ. Camp Kiowa is a summer camp at Lone Oak Ranch. They offer standard camp fare as well as Lego robotics, cooking, photography, science and rocketry, animal care and riding lessons. “Those with no interest in sports have lots of activities to do,” Manhart said. Campers from all over the country are expected this summer. Manhart got his start in planning and working at summer camps, so he is happy to bring his expertise to Lone Oak Ranch. The Old West flavor of the ranch began in the early 1990s when Clarence Chown purchased the property and called it the Circle C Ranch. Using his experience as a set designer in Hollywood, he erected the western buildings, making it an unusual destination. His creativity is found all over the ranch. “Chown was the best visionary I’ve met in my entire life,” Manhart said. He purchased the ranch from Chown. Lone Oak Ranch and Retreat is a testament of that. Contact information: Lone Oak Ranch and Retreat, 8484 South FM 372, Gainesville, Texas 76240.(940) 668-2855. Directions: From Gainesville: On U.S. Highway 82, take Grand Avenue exit (FM 372) and travel 8 miles south. From Dallas/Fort Worth: On Interstate 35 north, take Exit 483 (Lone Oak Road exit) and travel northeast 15 miles.

Spirit of cowgirls captured in renderings by Howell Sickles

right | Surrounded by art in various stages of completion, Donna Howell Sickles contentedly works in her upstairs art studio in Saint Jo. left | Artist Donna Howell Sickles works on a sketch creating another piece of her cowgirl art. Janet Felderhoff photos Janet Felderhoff, North Texas Best Times Well-know artist Donna Howell Sickles and her husband John Sickles have made their home in Saint Jo. This small town has a population of about 1,000 people. It once was a stop on the Chisholm Trail cattle drives. Many of the town’s historic old buildings and homes still stand. A museum now occupies what was once a saloon. Several businesses have refurbished and re-purposed some of those buildings. The Sickles have done their part in bringing business to town and using an historic building to house it. Donna noted that at times, she can almost hear the jingle of spurs in the town square. “I think any artist is inspired by the doing of the work,” reflected Donna. “You’ll put a line down and it’s like, ‘Wow, what a nice line!’ and you do the colors and it’s the same thing. I think that while I’m doing it, the process is fun, it’s satisfying. Sometimes something comes out in your work that you didn’t even know you had inside you. So that’s kind of exciting too.” Of her decision to become an artist, Donna remarked, “I always knew that I could draw, but given where I grew up, I never realized that it was a talent that you could build a life around.” That changed when she attended college and enrolled in some art courses required by her Elementary Education major. In the Art Department, she was around other people who could draw and who liked to draw. “It was like I found an extended family,” she said. “I was immediately taken. When you are the only creative person that you know, you feel like you’re odd. Getting inside the Art Department made me feel very normal. I took the first drawing class and I could see myself doing that from now on. I had been

struggling with other career ideas.” Both of her parents were teachers and Donna knew she could do that, but she wasn’t really excited about it. Donna added, “Being an artist was exciting to me! Being an artist is not just standing around drawing, which would be wonderful if it were. There is so much other stuff to it, so you get to use your creativity for things other than art. You’ve got to figure out marketing and those kinds of things. For me, that was great. I love all those aspects of it. And I tolerate being alone quite well, which is also important.” Known for her contemporary western renditions of cowgirls, Donna first began drawing pictures of cowgirls while in college. Reflecting on the cowgirls in her art and how she developed them, Donna commented, “Very different concept behind them. More like an imagined figure because I wasn’t very aware of where the image came from and the fact that there were actually women who this icon was patterned after. So, I kind of discovered her step by step. She started off as being based on novels and TV imagery kind of. “She had for me two sides. I thought she was an invented image. On the other hand, it’s an image that’s extremely popular and everybody you know knows what a cowgirl is or they think they do. I wondered why would an invented image have that much impact. Then, I discovered the women who helped create it who were so vastly original for their time. These were women who were wearing trousers in front of a crowd (rodeo) full of women sitting there in corsets and lace gloves. “The image has so many facets that I’m just fascinated how to use her as a storyteller to tell stories of the western Pg


life that I grew up surrounded by and that I see around me still. But, you can also tell stories of faith and myth and friendship, companionship, and even love, stories of adventure and dare-doing.” Vibrant colors, especially blues and reds, predominate Donna’s art work. In 2007, Donna was inducted into the National Cowgirl Hall of Fame in recognition of the work she created about the cowgirl. “It was a wonderful pat on the back,” said Donna. “It was such an emotional day for me that I don’t even remember most of it! I got through my speech and that was my big hurdle!” In her early years as an artist, Donna said that there wasn’t really a niche in which her imagery fit. There were very western galleries and very contemporary galleries, but not really any places for hybrids. That was in the early ’70s. “You just knock on a lot of doors until you find a gallery that wants to show your work. It’s kind of a brutal experience,” she recalled. Two galleries, one in Dallas and one in Sun Valley, Idaho, showcased Donna’s art. This opened the door for her, and other galleries called. “The first good gallery that will advertise for you does a huge favor to your career,” explained the artist. “And from those advertisements, enough people saw my work that I was able to get into some galleries that I really respected. I’ve just been blessed. My work’s gotten a lot of attention and I’ve been able to do some wonderful things. And I still get to draw every day!” Now Donna has an art gallery of her own and features artists in a variety of styles from traditional western oil paintings to contemporary sculpture, to plein-air landscapes. She and her husband John renovated the historic Davis & Blevins building located on the square in Saint Jo. They opened the Davis & Blevins Main Street Art Gallery in April 2010. A few of the featured artists are Christen Humphries, Richard Davis, Suzanne Baker, Steve Kestrel, and Sandy Scott. Humphries lives in rural Oklahoma and her paintings are inspired by the countryside around her. Most of her works focus on winter and autumn. Watercolor and pencil on paper is her media of choice. Davis is a contemporary sculptor and painter who blends three-dimensional forms with multi-layered surfaces. His work is described, “The shapes, colors, and patterns of his sculptures are abstract yet strongly influenced by nature and evoke the mirage of cloud formations, water surfaces, tropical fish, and exotic bird wings.” Baker grew up in the foothills of the Sierras in California surrounded by the cowboy life. She and her husband raise cattle in the northern Sierras. Much of her subject matter comes from this area. Hers is the more traditional western art.  Kestrel prefers to carve directly on granite, slate, limestone, and sandstone. He carves images of animals. Scott, a well-know sculptor, is headquartered in Lander, Wyoming near the foundry that casts her bronzes and she maintains studios on Lake of the Woods, Ontario, Canada and in the mountains of northern Colorado. She believes wildlife artists should be in the field to accurately present their subject to the viewer. Her work is authentic. She has experienced and lived what she depicts. Her prints are also offered in Donna’s gallery. Furniture fashioned by Doug Ricketts of Canadian, Texas and jewelry by Nelda Coffman of Bowie are also offered at Main Street. Donna utilizes the spacious well-lit upstairs as her studio. Windows on one side overlook the Saint Jo town square. She hopes to host drawing classes there in the future. On beginning their business venture, Donna explained, “We owned the building next door. We were living upstairs and we wanted to open some kind of business on the square as a statement of faith about the place.” She added that for a period, about five years ago, there wasn’t even a place to buy gas in that town. top | Christen Humphries of Davis & Blevins Main Street Gallery Gift Shop displays a wood turned hat, the work of Muenster native Kevin Felderhoff. A wide variety of items are offered in the shop. left | A display of a few pieces of art being viewed at Davis & Blevins Main Street Gallery. Janet Felderhoff photos Pg


Several different artists from across the country have their art on display at Davis & Blevins Main Street Gallery. A variety of media is offered. Janet Felderhoff photos Since art is what she knew the most about, they decided to open a gallery. She said, “The gift shop idea at the back was a necessary thing. You can’t built just strictly a gallery in the middle of nowhere and expect enough traffic to make it work at the beginning. It actually has worked surprisingly well given the location. I’ve been able to get wonderful art from artists all over the country. We’ve gotten great notice in the art magazines and that sort of thing.” In June, Main Street Gallery will be featured in the magazine Western Art & Architecture. People have flown into the Gainesville Airport, rented a car, and driven to Saint Jo explicitly to visit Donna’s art gallery. She has customers from all over. Some are traveling Hwy. 82 and stop out of curiosity. Others come from places such as Ardmore, Wichita Falls, Sherman, Gainesville, and the Dallas-Fort Worth area. The building that is home to Main Street Gallery was built in the early to mid 1880s. A metal front was added in 1889. Over the decades, it served many purposes including a doctor’s office, dry goods store, restaurants, women’s clothing store, shelter to a pecan sheller, and had two apartments in which people lived until the 1980s, flower shop, and tanning salon. Next door to the art gallery, Donna and John opened a gift shop. It showcases small American companies and unique artist-created products that you won’t find anywhere else. Items offered there include a variety of unique purses, objects made from compressed graphite, spirit rattles, stoneware, silk scarves, journals, notebooks, furniture, Tex-

as olive oils and balsamic vinegars and Georgia olive oils, cards, toys, books, hand-turned hats by Kevin Felderhoff, southwestern jewelry (both old and new), bracelets from Ottoman Empire, watches, Ben James’ folk art fishes from found objects, candles, bags from repurposed saris from India, spoons, platters, trays, and napkin rings, Donna Howell Sickles T-shirts, mugs, platters, dip and drink mixes, picnic baskets, and so much more. The more you look, the more you find! Donna Howell grew up in Sivells Bend. Her family moved to Mexico. Donna was in Seattle and moved back to the Dallas area in the late ’70s. She met and married John Sickles and they lived in Frisco. One Sunday, the couple was driving around killing time while waiting to pick up their daughter Katie from a weekend she spent with her cousins in Sivells Bend. They traveled the back roads from Valley View to Forestburg to Saint Jo. Donna noted that by the time they dropped off the cliff near Saint Jo, they decided that the next real estate sign they saw, they would contact somebody hoping to purchase land in that area. Frisco was growing and they were looking for property in New Mexico and Wyoming, but were happy to find the ranch they now reside on in Saint Jo. They bought two properties in Saint Jo in 1995 and moved there full-time in 2000. Donna and John are fun and interesting people to visit with and are happy with what they are doing. The art gallery and gift shop are definitely places that you want to stop at when visiting the Cooke County/Montague County area. Pg


Bird Watchers flock to Hagerman for Birdfest Hiking, boating, fishing, other activities abound

Cathy Krahl, North Texas Best Times

top | Bird watchers catch sight of waterfowl during a trek in the wild at Hagerman National Wildlife Refuge. above | Bird lovers stop to view waterfowl on one of the van tours through to refuge. Hagerman provides binoculars for those who need one. Pg


Grayson County - Hagerman National Wildlife Refuge is known for its many ways of protecting nature, especially waterfowl and other migratory birds. While doing that, they also educate the public on how they may contribute to saving nature through fun projects and activities. The first weekend in May is one of their biggest events when they host Birdfest from Friday, May 3 to Sunday, May 5. Registration is ongoing for Birdfest as one may sign up for their pick of great field trips, photo workshops, nature walks, talks and seminars. Those wishing to participate are encouraged to check online at for the variety of programs offered as well as days and times. The number who can participate is limited for each event and reservations will be filled in the order they are received. Most events are free, but one must still register for most of them. Among the events offered are birding the numerous trails at Hagerman, touring the refuge by canoe, van tour or the shorebird tram tour which is scheduled twice a day. Talks and workshops on Hummingbirds of Texas, tips on nature photography and nature writing are also on tap. For the lawn and garden enthusiasts, there be workshops on native plants and trees, rainwater harvesting, propagating your own plants, landscaping with native plants, attracting birds and butterflies and a wildflower walk. For families, there is a self-guided storybook walk, programs on spiders and beavers, and crafts of making a wildflower seed bomb. All day Sunday, a reptile exhibit will be outdoors. One of the special events during Birdfest will be an exhibit of The Raptor Project. There will be 36 birds displayed in a natural setting. It will feature an array of eagles, hawks, falcons and owls. This will be Saturday and Sunday only. Jonathan Wood is a master falconer and wildlife rehabilitator who has assembled a collection of feathered raptors from every habitat on the planet. They range in size from small falcons and owls weighing two to three ounces to majestic eagles with seven to eight foot wingspans. Training and handling raptors for almost four decades, has given Wood skills that have helped him produce an award winning program and an exhibit that is seen by millions each year. If one misses Birdfest, there are many other opportunities to enjoy Hagerman.

Friends of Hagerman

Friends of Hagerman National Wildlife Refuge Foundation (FOH) purchased an electric tram that offers wildlife tours at 2 p.m. every Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday. Reservations are encouraged. And now, thanks to a grant from the Fort Worth Audubon Society, binoculars are now available for use by touring school groups and other visitors. Bird watching can be year round. In one day recently, a bald eagle and 33 species of birds were seen. Currently, white pelicans and scissor tail fly catchers are in the refuge. “Mid November to mid February are our best months,” Sue Malnory, a volunteer at Hagerman, said. That is when the snow geese from Canada are spending the winter. The best time to view migrating waterfowl is Oct. 1 to March 1, she added.

Second Saturday

FOH sponsor Second Saturday programs for both adults and children. In April these included “Extreme Weather on Earth and Beyond” by Dr. David Baker for adults and “Rocks, Minerals and Fossils” with Kate Merrick giving hands on nature fun for youngsters ages 5-10. Reservations are requested. (There will be no Second Saturday program in May because of Birdfest.)

Nature Photo Club

The refuge offers unending photo opportunities and FOH has a Nature Photography Club that meets bi-monthly on the second Saturday. The next meeting is Saturday, May 11 with the theme “Butterflies.” The club is open to all interested in nature photography. One may follow Friends of Hagerman on their website, www. or their Facebook page to learn of photo contests and photo safaris.

Hiking trails

The hiking trails are numerous and offer various wildlife sightings. Bug and tick repellant is recommended during summer months. The newest trail is Harris Creek Trail. It is a hike in two parts, the lower trail being the wetland area and the upper trail consisting of a dryer, more open “Prairie Walk.” It is also ADA accessible. About 100 yards into the hike is an observation blind that allows a view of Duck Pond, one of six ponds along the walk. Wading birds can often be found here. During the “Prairie Walk,” one may see turkey and deer which are common in this area.

Meadow Pond Trail

The hike on Meadow Pond Trail is for the more adventurous as it is six miles round trip. The full trek is recommended as the trail gets more interesting the further one goes. Doug Raasch, a volunteer at Hagerman, considers this trail the “best all around.” About ½ mile into the hike, one comes to Deaver Pond, top | A wonderful sunset at Hagerman.

Donna Niemann Photo

top middle | This raccoon was captured on film by Rick Cantu, Wildlife Refuge Specialist. Rick Cantu Photo bottom middle | Sunset at Hagerman National Wildlife Refuge is a beautiful time of the day. Donna Niemann Photo bottom | This snow egret is having a bad hair day on the edge of Lake Texoma. Rick Cantu Photo Pg


Bird watchers can catch sight of birds like this yellow warbler. Rick Cantu Photo named for a former landowner. The pond reliably harbors wading birds to watch. A little further along the trail, trees shelter the lane and deer and turkey often cross. At the two mile mark is Meadow Pond where one can expect to see raptors, wading birds and sometimes wild pigs who like to frolic in the mud. A variety of ducks and shorebirds can be seen in season.

Boating season begins March 15 and extends through Sept. 30 and may be launched only at designated boat ramps located in the refuge. At the other time of the year, only non-motorized boats are allowed. Airboats, hovercraft and personal watercraft such as jet skis are not allowed on the refuge. Other boating regulations may be accessed online or at the Visitors Center.

This trail circles Crow Hill and gives one the opportunity to look for the common songbirds that are plentiful in the trees along the trail. From spring to fall, the scenic prairie meadow is full of wildflowers and butterflies and other insects abound. At the top of the hill is a bench where, sometimes, one can see the former town of Hagermans to the northeast. Raasch Trail/ Terry Lane This hiking trail is east of the Visitor’s Center and can be adventurous as parts of it is not maintained (mowed) and parts of it travel down the old rail bed. But areas of the hike include a “turkey heaven” and a large population of deer.

Hunting is allowed in the refuge only at designated times and in designated places. When a hunt is going on, most hiking trails are closed. In March, two weekends were set aside for hunting of feral hogs. Two weekends in April, hunters sought turkeys. The turkey is the only bird that is hunted. There is absolutely no bird hunting in the refuge. Only shotguns and bow with arrows are allowed as hunting weapons. And depending on the demand, one or more of the areas may be designated for bow hunting only. (See rules and regulations online.) May is the month to apply for a permit to hunt deer in November and December. It is very competitive as over 800 apply to hunt but few get drawn. The Refuge Hagerman National Wildlife Refuge was established in 1946 as an administrative overlay of the Corps of Engineers lands to protect and manage 11,320 acres of habitat for refuge and breeding grounds for migratory birds and other wildlife. Habitats within Hagerman include 2,600 acres of wetlands, 8,000 acres of uplands, and 400 acres of croplands. These lands and waters are to support more than 270 species of birds, 34 species of mammals, 65 species of amphibians and reptiles and 62 species of fish. Oil and gas production on the refuge lands is permitted for mineral rights owners. Hours: Hagerman National Wildlife Refuge is open daily sunrise to sunset. No nighttime use is allowed. The Visitors Center is opened Monday-Friday 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m., Saturdays 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., and Sundays 1 to 5 p.m. They are closed on federal holidays. Directions: From Sherman take U.S. Highway 82 west, or from Gainesville take U.S. Highway 82 east to U.S. Highway 289 (Pottsboro exit). Travel north about 4 miles then go west on Refuge Road for about 6 miles. The Visitor’s Center if on the right.

Crow Hill Trail

Haller’s Haven Nature Trail

Along this trail, past Picnic Pond and across a steel bridge, is Dead Woman’s Pond. This is one of the few places on the refuge that visitors are guaranteed to see wildlife. Wading birds of all kinds are there as well as turkeys, wild pigs and deer. Tracks on the path also indicate coyotes, bobcats and foxes inhabit this area. (Dead Woman’s Pond has more than one story on how it got its name. One is that a farmer and his much younger wife were scraping out a living in Grayson County. The attractive wife had not been seen for a while. The farmer was noticed by a neighbor driving his wagon down to the local pond with a large bundle in the back. Said farmer retuned home with the bundle missing. No one knows what happened to the farmer, but they began referring to the pond as Dead Woman‘s Pond.)

Fishing and boating

Bank and wade fishing with a hook and line is allowed year-round in areas open for public fishing access. All refuge ponds are closed from Oct. 1 through March 14. All fishermen must possess a valid State of Texas fishing license or a Lake Texoma fishing license while fishing in refuge waters. Other regulations and fishing limits may be found on the refuge’s website or in the Visitors Center. Pg



What’s going on May 31: Dog Day of Denton. 5 p.m. Quakertown Park, 321 E. McKinney St., Denton.

June 8: Indy Car Series and NASCAR Truck Series. 11 a.m. Texas Moor Speedway.

June 10-24: Children’s Theater Camp, ages 4 to 8, Butterfield Stage, Gainesville.

June 1: Cruise Night on the Square. 4 - 8 p.m. Decatur. 940627-6158.

June 8: Summer Nigh Hike at the Heard. 8 p.m. Heard Nature Science Museum, 1 Nature Place, McKinney.

June 12: Red, White and Jazz: Wild About Wine. 5:30 - 7:30 p.m. Wildwood Inn, 2612 Lillian Miller Parkway, Denton.

June 8: Friends of Hagerman Nature Photography Club. 12:30 p.m. A/V classroom, FOH Center, Hagerman National Wildlife Refuge, Grayson County.

June 15: 3rd annual Muscle on Main Car Show. Downtown Whitesboro.

June1: Cooke County Country Carnival. 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Leonard Park and Pavilion, Gainesville. Free admission. June 1: Bellamy Brothers. City of Bowie Community Center, 314 Pelham, Bowie. 940-872-3785. June 7-8: 61st annual Chisholm Trail Round Up and Parade. Nocona. June 8: WC Challenger Charities PBR Event. Decatur. June 8: Second Saturday: “Dragonflies & Damselflies” 10 a.m. Hagerman National Wildlife Refuge, Grayson County. June 8: Cultural Music Series. AM F=Jazz Band. 6 p.m., Towne Lake Park. McKinney.

June 8: 22nd annual Collin Couny Bike Rally, McKinney High School, 2550 Wilmeth Road, McKinney. June 8-9: Second Monday Trade Days. Bowie. June 10: Summer/Adult softball, Gainesville Parks and Recreation. All day. Edison Park. Call 940-668-4530 to register. Gainesville. June 10: Denton Air Show. 9 a.m., Denton Airport, 5000 Airport Road, Denton.

June 15: Youth Rodeo. 6 p.m. Rodeo Grounds. Nocona.

June 16: Father’s Day. June 17-21: Children’s Theater Camp, ages 10 to 14, Butterfield Stage. June 17-21: Summer Safari Day Camp, all day, Frank Buck Zoo. June 21- 22, 27-30: Butterfield Stage presents Legally Blond, the musical, First State Bank center for the Performing Arts on NCTC campus.



Events & Happenings in North Texas June 22: Soccer: FC Dallas to host Sporing Kansas City. 7:30 p.m. FC Dallas Stadium. Frisco. June 23-29: Jim Bowie Day, Rodeo, Festival and Parade. Bowie. June 24-28: Summer Safari Day Camp 2. All day, Frank Buck Zoo. June 26: Summer Sounds concert series by Gainesville Area Chamber of Commerce. Max Stalling with special guests Willy KickIt. Courthouse Square in Gainesville. 6 p.m. Free June 29: Car Show with live music by West Katz. 9 a.m. - 3 p.m. Square in Valley View. June 30: Lindsay Homecoming Picnic. Dinner in Centennial Hall 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., Games and fun in J.M. Lindsay Park. 1 p.m. til close. July 1: Pedal to the Medal Bicycle Parade. 6-7 p.m. Start Civic Center, 311 S. Weaver, Gainesville



July 4: Lion’s Club Fireworks. Lake Nocona. Nocona. July 4: Liberty Run: 5K run and 1 mile fun walk. 6:30 a.m. North Lakes Park, 2001 W. Windsor Dr. Denton. July 4: Kiwanes Fireworks Show. 6:30 p.m. Apogee Stadium, 1301 S. Bonnie Brea, Denton. July 13: Parker County Peach Festival and Peach Pedal Bike Ride. Downtown, Weatherford. July 26: Summer Sounds concert series. Gainesville Area Champer of Commerce. Cory Morrow with special guests Midnight Drive, Courthouse Square in Gainesville. 6 p.m. Free.

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ies remain one of the top gift ideas for men, particularly when Father’s Day arrives. They’re also staples of gifting at other times during the year. Despite the emergence of casual, dress-down days in the workplace, ties remain popular and practical gifts. They are a go-to fashion choice for dressing up a wardrobe and especially prized for special events and to denote rank within organizations. As commonplace as ties may be, certain facts surrounding their use and origin are widely unknown. Here are eight fun facts about the necktie. 1. The original people to wear neckties were soldiers in the Croatian army. The silk scarf tie was recognized as an elite symbol. 2. The first name given to the tie was “cravat.” 3. Ties weren’t always fashion symbols. Roughly 300 years ago, the English developed neckwear so thick it could be used to protect against a sword thrust. Today it is possible to buy a bulletproof tie. 4. Stripes on a British tie run from top left to bottom right, while the stripes on American ties go in the opposite direction. 5. The bolo tie is the official tie of the state of Arizona. 6. Many of today’s ties are produced in China. 7. The city of Shengzhou is one of the world’s largest tie producers, exporting more than 200 million ties worldwide. 8. A person who collects ties is known as a “grabatologist.” Pg 37

Elderly especially susceptible to the heat Special to The North Texas Best Times Many people might choose a nice, hot day over a blustery, cold afternoon. However, excessively hot days can not only feel uncomfortable, but they can also prove life-threatening. Elderly men and women, in particular, are susceptible to the effects of hot temperatures. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, people ages 65 and older are more prone to heat stroke and heat-related stress than those of other ages. Seniors’ bodies are not able to adjust to sudden changes in temperature as quickly as younger people’s. A chronic condition that affects the body’s response to heat, as well as taking certain prescription medications also may play a role in seniors’ susceptibility to the heat. The City of Sacramento Department of Parks and Recreation says that around 370 deaths from heat-related illnesses occur across the United States each year. Nearly half of those deaths are people who are 65 and older. Prolonged heat exposure can take quite a toll on the average person. Factor in the

more delicate health of many seniors, and the hot weather can be quite dangerous. Further compounding the problem is higher energy costs. Seniors living on fixed incomes may not be able to afford to turn on air conditioners because of the power draw. There are different types of heat-related injuries, though heat exhaustion and heat stroke are the most common. Here are signs that a person may be experiencing one or the other. Heat Exhaustion: weakness, tiredness, heavy sweating, paleness, dizziness, nausea, vomiting, fainting, fast, weak pulse rate, headache, fast and shallow breathing Heat stroke: extremely high body temperature (over 105 F), red, hot and dry skin, absence of sweat, throbbing headache, dizziness, nausea What to do Friends or family members should check in with an elderly relative or friend when the weather is especially warm to ensure they’re safely handling the heat. In addition, people of all ages can

take the following precautions to keep cool when the temperatures rise. • Drink cool, nonalcoholic beverages. Water and diluted fruit juices can help rehydrate the body quickly. • Restrict physical activity. • Take a cool shower or bath or wipe yourself down with a damp cloth. • Seek an air-conditioned environment. For those who won’t or can’t turn on the air conditioning, visit a shopping mall or library to keep cool. Some towns and cities also make cooling centers available in extreme heat. • Wear lightweight clothing. • Try to remain indoors during the hottest hours of the day. • Wear hats or use an umbrella to shield your head from sunshine outdoors. • Eat cool foods, but avoid extremely cold foods. Otherwise you risk the chance of developing stomach cramps. • Do not do laundry or turn on appliances that contribute to extra indoor heat. The heat is nothing to take lightly, especially when it comes to seniors’ health.

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North Texas Best Times Magazine June 2013